adjective, prompt·er, prompt·est.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- a limit of time given for payment for merchandise purchased, the limit being stated on a note of reminder (prompt note).
- the contract setting the time limit.
Origin of prompt
Examples from the Web for promptness
It is critical to focus on concrete and implementable options, on a low profile, discretion and promptness.
Nevertheless, it was essential that he should perform these final actions with promptness, decision and infallible perspicacity.The Crystal Stopper|Maurice LeBlanc
Mr. Bayard again commended him in the warmest terms for his zeal and promptness.Now or Never|Oliver Optic
One secret of Morgan's success was the promptness with which he struck.Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer|Cyrus Townsend Brady
Many thanks for the promptness with which you have answered that you will execute the order.The Papers And Writings Of Abraham Lincoln, Volume Six|Abraham Lincoln
I was pleased to see the care and promptness with which you have attended to what I ordered you in regard to this.The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume VIII (of 55), 1591-1593|Emma Helen Blair
British Dictionary definitions for promptness
- the time limit allowed for payment of the debt incurred by purchasing goods or services on credit
- the contract specifying this time limit
- Also called: prompt note a memorandum sent to a purchaser to remind him of the time limit and the sum due
Word Origin for prompt
Word Origin and History for promptness (1 of 4)
mid-14c., prompten, from Latin promptus, past participle of promere "to bring forth," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + emere "to take" (see exempt (adj.)). Theatrical sense of "to assist a speaker with lines" is first recorded early 15c. Related: Prompted; prompting.
Word Origin and History for promptness (2 of 4)
early 15c., "readiness," from Latin promptus (see prompt (v.)). Meaning "hint, act of prompting" is from 1590s. Computer sense attested by 1977.
Word Origin and History for promptness (3 of 4)
early 15c., from Old French prompt and directly from Latin promptus "brought forth," hence "visible, apparent, evident," past participle of promere "to take or bring out or forth" (see prompt (v.)).Related: Promptly; promptitude.